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The New York State Department of Health said Tuesday's lifting of state COVID-19 restrictions means upcoming Buffalo Bills home games at Highmark Stadium will be able to include its full capacity of fans in attendance.

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Buffalo officials observed World Elder Abuse Awareness Day following a year and pandemic that in many ways pushed older adults to the forefront.

Erie County Sewerage Management

A sewer pipe project will start soon along Transit Road, near North French and County roads in Clarence. Erie County plans to use a new method that will cost much less and take much less time to complete.

Niagara County Fair

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announcement Monday that the New York State Fair will be able to operate at 100% capacity this summer provides hope for county fairs, who have been waiting for further guidance.

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The last time Navy Week was held in Western New York was nearly a decade ago-- 2012. Monday morning, Navy officials gathered in person in Buffalo to kick off a virtual version of the event at Canalside on the USS Little Rock.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is holding his regular COVID-19 update briefing in Syracuse. Watch it live here at 11:30 a.m.

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It's going to be another two weeks before the Lockport Town Board is likely to rule on a large solar farm planned for Slayton Settlement Road.

Thomas O'Neil-White

Many of us think of poverty as an inner city problem but the Rural Outreach Center estimates that over 45,000 people in rural areas of Western New York live in poverty.

Buffalo Common Council members on Tuesday put some new rules into the city's budget practices, revolving around the municipal piggy bank. The city is tightening its financial controls during these hard COVID-19 times.

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With Sahlen Field increasing capacity for Blue Jays’ games to 80 percent, the ballpark is looking to hire more workers for the summer. A hiring event takes place Wednesday at Canalside from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Honda tent. 

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Tens of millions of dollars are expected to come to Western New York from the Biden Administration's giant infrastructure proposal now before Congress. But with so many local projects in need, which should take priority?

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In a split from other large labor organizations,  The Buffalo Teachers Federation is endorsing Democratic primary challenger India Walton in the race for Buffalo Mayor.

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The Buffalo Broadcasters Association has been collecting the film and video archives from local television news outlets. According to Rich Newberg, the former reporter for Channel Four, there are 73 years worth of history found in the collection. Much of the footage, Newberg says, could be lost forever unless it is saved in a digital form. To highlight its potential, Newberg, along with co-producers Tom Vetter and Jacquie Walker, worked for the last year on "The Buffalo Story: History Happens Here." The hour-long special airs at eight tonight on WIVB-TV.

The three smoke stacks at the closed Tonawanda Coke plant were imploded this morning.

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Families of veterans in greater Buffalo, Rochester and Batavia are observing Memorial Day placing flags  and honoring their loved ones at the Western New York National Cemetery for the first time this year.

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Community organizers, clergy, and members of law enforcement joined Erie County District Attorney John Flynn to call attention to the rising number of shootings and homicides in the city of Buffalo. 

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Canalside is looking to draw people back to downtown Buffalo after a pandemic kept visitors home last summer, starting with the restoration of a century-old De Angelis Carousel.

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The Buffalo Skyway could come down as soon as this year, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo saying New York state is ready to break ground in 2021 and funding potentially available through President Biden’s infrastructure proposal that’s currently being debated in Congress. 


Now lawmakers claim there’s an even more urgent reason to remove the Skyway: safety concerns.

Carmen Paul Cibella

One year ago this week a nation watched in anger as Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on the neck of George Floyd, killing him in the process. 


A record number of people are expected to hit the roads this Memorial Day holiday weekend, especially having missed many activities last year while sitting home through the COVID pandemic. The AAA of Western and Central New York, along with New York State Police, remind the public that the holiday weekend also marks the start of what it calls the "100 Deadliest Days of Summer" for teen drivers.

Office of the US Attorney, Western District of NY

Four of the recently charged Western New Yorkers were back in federal court for charges related to the January 6 takeover of Capitol Hill.

Jules and Terry Mominee

The Buffalo Common Council approved a new public art project featuring art glass that will make its debut on Seneca Street sometime next year. The building that will showcase it? A new firehouse.


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New features to help keep hikers and visitors to Zoar Valley safe are coming from the DEC for the summer season. 

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The Village of Wilson has broken ground on a $1.6 million project to raise the Townline Pier to meet higher Lake Ontario water levels seen over the past few years. It's one of several infrastructure improvements coming to the shoreline.

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On what would have been the final day of the US-Canada border closure before the latest 30-day extension, Congressman Brian Higgins is once again urging the two federal governments to come to terms on a re-opening plan.

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After years of groundwork, the Discover Niagara Shuttle now includes a route in the City of Lockport. 

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Three concepts for refurbishing and revitalizing the Grant Street neighborhood were unveiled Friday by project leaders who say their goal is to make a traditionally busy district better for those already living and working there.

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Members and supporters of the group Western New York Students First have been advocating, even suing in court, to return students fully back to school. The group held a webinar Friday morning to discuss the research behind three feet versus six feet spacing in schools.

City of Buffalo

The City of Buffalo has a budget for the fiscal year starting in July, with few changes from Mayor Byron Brown's proposal.

Thomas O'Neil-White

The smell of fried dough and other assorted fair food will be in the air at the Hamburg Fairgrounds when the Erie County Fair returns from Aug. 11-22 after a one-year hiatus.